Mary Harron Quotes



If I was telling that story in a '50s style, it would have been a melodrama, ... a story of 'An innocent girl falls into the seedy, sordid world of bondage and then sees the light and is born again.' If I were telling it now in an urban, sophisticated way, you would have a story about a girl who is a free spirit, who does these lighthearted bondage photos, then she crashes and she turns to religion — which would be the tragedy in the modern view, because it's so polarized now that people see any religion as representing the horrible forces of puritanism. I was trying to comment on the sad confusion surrounding sex at that time, present it in a complex way, and give her religion a fair hearing too.

If I was telling that story in a '50s style, it would have been a melodrama, ... a story of 'An innocent girl falls into the seedy, sordid world of bondage and then sees the light and is born again.' If I were telling it now in an urban, sophisticated way, you would have a story about a girl who is a free spirit, who does these lighthearted bondage photos, then she crashes and she turns to religion — which would be the tragedy in the modern view, because it's so polarized now that people see any religion as representing the horrible forces of puritanism. I was trying to comment on the sad confusion surrounding sex at that time, present it in a complex way, and give her religion a fair hearing too.

Mary Harron
More Mary Harron Quotes

We haven't faced that yet, ... I don't know what's going to happen. The scene when she takes all of her clothes off — the movie is so much about what is the fear of sex, and Bettie's whole career is about showing her body. [She is famous for posing] naked in the Garden of Eden, and she is famous for the bondage, the clothes, the gear. You have to have that contrast. You had to show what everyone is afraid of. That's the heart of the movie. To lose that would be very hard.

We haven't faced that yet, ... I don't know what's going to happen. The scene when she takes all of her clothes off — the movie is so much about what is the fear of sex, and Bettie's whole career is about showing her body. [She is famous for posing] naked in the Garden of Eden, and she is famous for the bondage, the clothes, the gear. You have to have that contrast. You had to show what everyone is afraid of. That's the heart of the movie. To lose that would be very hard.

Mary Harron
More Mary Harron Quotes

We have all these movies from the '50s, but they're told from such a male perspective and such a '50s ideology. You wouldn't see Bettie's story from her point of view. People wouldn't be interested in what it was really like or take her story at face value, ... Films from that time are hilarious because of their complete condemnation of any kind of female initiative or ambition. It was such a contradictory world that even the law itself didn't have a clear handle on it.... I really wanted to get across that moment in time of naiveté, fear and panic.

We have all these movies from the '50s, but they're told from such a male perspective and such a '50s ideology. You wouldn't see Bettie's story from her point of view. People wouldn't be interested in what it was really like or take her story at face value, ... Films from that time are hilarious because of their complete condemnation of any kind of female initiative or ambition. It was such a contradictory world that even the law itself didn't have a clear handle on it.... I really wanted to get across that moment in time of naiveté, fear and panic.

Mary Harron
More Mary Harron Quotes

First PagePrevious Page
1
Next PageLast Page
Quotes 1 to 25 of 12